Ghibli Studio Museum in Tokyo

Ghibli Museum.

Ghibli Museum

One of the main symbols of Japan is anime culture. It, in turn, difficult to imagine it without the cartoons of the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. It was he who gave viewers a lot of fascinating animated films, which is dedicated to the Ghibli Studio anime museum in Tokyo.

History of the Ghibli Museum

Originally in 1985, the world-famous Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki founded the animation studio Ghibli, where he later produced his famous works. In 1998, the director decided to create the Ghibli Anime Studio in Tokyo, a museum of the same name, the photos of which are shown below. Construction began in 2000, and on October 1, 2001, it was officially opened.

A model of the Ghibli Museum.

The architectural style of the Ghibli Museum.

Despite the fact that this institution is called a museum of art, it differs from the usual museums. It was designed by Hayao Miyazaki, who tried to reproduce the setting and atmosphere of his cartoons. In doing so, he was inspired by European architecture, especially the buildings of the Italian commune of Calcata. Therefore, even the building of the Studio Ghibli Anime Museum in Tokyo itself is part of the exhibit.

There aren’t many exhibits, but there are plenty of details that further immerse you in the animated world. There are a variety of stairs, mazes, corridors, footprints of animals on the paths and their small figures.

Interior of the Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum exhibits and exhibitions

When creating this art gallery, Hayao Miyazaki focused primarily on children. This does not mean that the Ghibli Museum will not be of interest to adult visitors, especially fans of Japanese anime and manga. It is designed in the form of a labyrinth, at each section of which the characters of the following cartoons of the great director are waiting for the guests:

  • “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • “Gone with the Ghosts”;
  • “The Celestial Castle of Laputa”;
  • “The Walking Castle” and many others.

And the features of these animated films can be read literally from the gate of the Ghibli Museum, which bears the name of the furry creature Totoro. The museum building itself is small and looks like a 19th century French house.

The lower floor of the Studio Ghibli anime museum in Tokyo is devoted to an exhibition hall that visually demonstrates the history of animation. It also features well-known characters. Thanks to mechanical devices they literally come to life in front of the audience.

On the first floor of the museum is a room called the mini-Louvre. It is a model of a real animation studio, decorated with Hayao Miyazaki’s sketches and reference materials. It even houses the master’s office, which is a creative mess. Thanks to this room, visitors have the opportunity to see with their own eyes how animation masterpieces are created.

Hayao Miyajaki's study

The most popular places for visitors to the Ghibli Museum are the plush bus and the huge robot, which can be seen in the cartoon “The Celestial Castle Laputa”. Keep in mind that it is forbidden to take pictures on the territory of the center.

A plush bus at the Ghibli Museum. Robot from the cartoon Laputa's Celestial Castle

In addition to permanent exhibitions, the Ghibli Museum in Japan holds exhibitions devoted to the works of other animation studios. So from 2001 to 2011, exhibitions on the theme of the following cartoons were held here:

  • “Welcome to the Saturn Theater;
  • “Louvre;
  • “Goldilocks and The Three Bears;
  • “Ponyo Fish on a Cliff,” and others.
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At various times, materials related to the creation of films by Pixar, Aardman Animations, and the Russian animator Yuri Norstein could be seen here.

Infrastructure of the Ghibli Museum

This gallery is geared toward visitors of all ages, for whose comfort there are:

  • souvenir stores;
  • bookstore;
  • cafe;
  • a game room;
  • a movie theater that shows short films specially created by Hayao Miyajiako himself.

This Japanese museum is very popular with foreign visitors and locals, so getting tickets here is quite a problem. Tourists who do not know what time to start booking tickets to the Ghibli Museum, it is better to take care of it before you fly. In this case, it is better to contact directly with representatives of the Studio Ghibli. Otherwise you will have to do it through a special machine, which is understandable only to those wishing to speak Japanese well.

How to get to the Ghibli Museum?

To visit this fascinating place, you need to drive 10 km west of the center of Tokyo. Next to it are located a large tennis court, hospital and elementary school. From the center of Japan’s capital the Ghibli Museum can be reached by subway. Inokashirakoen and Mitaka stations are only 1.5 km away and most of the major subway lines lead to them. Right at Mitaka Station, you can transfer to a yellow shuttle bus that will take you to your destination.

If you take the Capital Highway No. 4 Shinjuku Line and Ino-dori Avenue/Tokyo Route No. 7, it takes 36 minutes to get to Ghibli Museum.

Ghibli Museum – Home to Totoro

The Ghibli Museum is the most famous anime museum in the world. Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to this truly iconic place. The park-museum of animation studio Ghibli contains sculptures of characters and sketches once created by the great master Hayao Miyazaki. You can see a sculpture of a giant Totoro from the cartoon “My Neighbor Totoro” or take a picture in front of a 5-meter battle robot from the cartoon “The Celestial Castle Laputa”. This is a great place to relax with kids. You can buy a ticket to the Ghibli Museum with the help of our company.

Interesting information

  • It is known that Hayao Miyazaki participated in the design of the museum building and its interior, which is an important part of the exposition.
  • We recommend visiting the Straw Hat Cafe and the souvenir store.
  • The Ghibli Museum is located on the grounds of Inokasir. During your time around the park, you can check out the zoo or take a boat ride on the lake.
  • From May 30, 2015 through May 2016, a special exhibition, “Welcome to the Ghost Tower,” based on the work of Rampo Edogawa, is open.

Special Attention.

  • Access to the Studio Ghibli Park Museum is available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Admission tickets must be purchased in advance. Each month on the 10th, pre-sale begins for the next month. It is best to order tickets at least a month and a half or more in advance of your desired date; there is very little chance of availability for the current month. If you want to go to the museum in October, for example, you must order tickets by September 10. We cannot guarantee service after the 10th.
  • In 2015, new rules were introduced for the July-August season. See the news section for more information.
  • Children under the age of 3 are admitted free.
  • A list of countries where tickets to the Ghibli Museum are sold can be found on the official website. Europe – UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain.
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Video about the Ghibli Studio Museum

Renovations at the Ghibli Museum
Repair at the Ghibli Museum

In mid-July, the Ghibli Museum, located in a suburb of Tokyo, will reopen its doors to visitors. The building is now closed for renovations. Visitors will be able to see renewed exhibits and meet familiar characters, including the giant Cotobus from the cartoon “My Neighbor Totoro.

New exhibition at the Ghibli Museum
New exhibit at the Ghibli Museum

By new exhibits, we mean interesting retrospectives designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself. Now the museum’s exhibition will not only focus on the works of Studio Ghibli, but will also introduce visitors to other works. The Kotobus from the cartoon “My Neighbor Totoro” will be bigger than before.

My Neighbor Totoro from the anime
The cat bus from the cartoon “My neighbor Totoro”

The museum will also have a science-related exhibit about the anime “Laputa’s Celestial Castle.” This is probably one of Studio Ghibli’s best works. Already on the roof of the museum are elements dedicated to the drawn film, for example, an action robot. Given the mysterious technology used in the creation of the mentioned picture, the tour promises to be very interesting.

The museum resumes its work from July 16. If you decide to visit it, tickets must be ordered in advance.

Since July, will be introduced new rules: now visitors will be required to show proof of identity. This is due to the desire of the Museum administration to curb the activities of speculators, who used to resell tickets.

According to materials of Internet publications.

March 20, 2016, 08:16 Studio Ghibli will “animate” the world’s oldest manga for a special project on environmental protection

Two years have passed since Studio Ghibli’s latest anime, “Memories of Marnie,” premiered. The other day Ghibli’s producer and co-founder, Toshio Suzuki, made several statements. He stressed that even when the studio takes a short break, it doesn’t mean that the company isn’t working at all. Moreover, just because Ghibli takes on projects of various themes (even if different from the usual), it does not mean that the studio is retreating from its skills or losing skills.

The good news for Ghibli animation fans came in December. It turns out that the studio is involved in the production of “The Red Turtle” by European director Michael Dudok de Wit. But if that film can’t be adapted this year, Studio Ghibli still has something to please. The company will soon unveil one small but very significant project.

“The Red Turtle” directed by Michael Dudok de Wit.

A lot of successful Ghibli anime pictures (such as “Delivery Service Kiki”, “Whispering Heart” and “The Walking Castle”) are adaptations of original works, where the original story is considered by the studio as the source material for the animated video. At the same time, experts leave it with a classic subtext. Artistic and design developments, together with the original story, will form the basis of the picture “Choju Jinbutsu Giga”, or “Scrolls of stories about animals-beasts. Created in the 12th and 13th centuries, they are considered to be the earliest examples of manga (the equivalent of an ancient comic book) in Japanese history. Given that these stories are more than seven centuries old, it was obvious why Choju Jinbutsu Giga has been left out of animation production until now. But, the Ghibli artists set out to breathe life into this ancient, simultaneously detailed and abstract, work of fiction.

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Despite the fact that the studio had to work with such ancient specimens, the final video shows the distinctive meaning, as well as the impulse that the studio put in to bring the characters to life, to blend them harmoniously into their surroundings. Ghibli didn’t make an exact copy of the historical work.

The mini-movie was produced as part of a project funded by the energy company Marubeni Shin Denryoku. It was based on environmental issues. Including issues of pollution, renewable energy, wind, water and solar energy production.

“Choju Jinbutsu Giga” was chosen as a symbol of the natural beauty of pre-industrial Japan. Such an eco-idea appealed to Studio Ghibli. According to Marubeni Shin Denryoku’s plan, a portion of the proceeds from customer payments, are earmarked for conservation projects. As part of the ongoing collaboration between the two companies, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Marubeni CEO Satoshi Fukuda will meet to discuss a number of environmental issues that can still be implemented in video format. Some may be surprised by the commercial component of Studio Ghibli’s work, but this won’t be the first time the company has been involved in the production of commercials. But when they put their heart and soul into it and take the work of art as their foundation, won’t it be worth watching, even if it is a commercial?

According to materials of Internet publications.

March 1, 2016, 3:12 PM The Ghibli Museum will check visitors’ IDs starting in July to curb ticket speculation

Want to see Cotobus? Then it’s best if the name on your admission ticket matches the information on your passport.

Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum.

Whether you’re a fan of Japanese anime or animation in general, you should still visit the Ghibli Museum. It is located in the town of Mitaka, just outside of Tokyo. It’s not just a theater where you can watch short films by Studio Ghibli that you won’t see anywhere else. The entire building and the surrounding garden area are filled with Ghibli characters and other design elements created by Japan’s premier animation studio.

Nevertheless, there are a number of rules that are useful to learn before you visit the museum. You will be more surprised not so much by the rules themselves, but by how strictly they are enforced in accordance with the requirements of the wayward Hayao Miyazaki. For example, it is strictly forbidden to take pictures in the museum. Guests must not waste time posing for photos instead of viewing the exhibits. There is also a restriction on daily ticket sales to avoid pandemonium. The museum schedule is divided into four stages starting at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Moreover, it is mandatory to book tickets in advance, because the Ghibli Museum mainly has a reservation system.

Buy a ticket to the Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum ticket purchased through the Lawson store

Tickets usually sell out as soon as they become available. However, some people don’t buy them for the love of Totoro or Ponyo, but for the sake of profit. Given the high demand for them, there are speculators who buy as many tickets as they can get. Then they simply bide their time and resell them at an inflated price through online auctions, earning handsome proceeds in their pockets.

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Such actions are not approved by the museum’s management, so starting in July you will have to show any ID at the entrance. It can be a passport or a driver’s license. The main thing is to match the name on the ticket, otherwise they will not let you in.

In 2016, the museum administration plans to sell some of its tickets for the summer vacation season in Japan, which is July and August, through a pre-sale lottery system. The system was launched last year. Those who want to visit the Ghibli Museum in July should apply between May 25 10:00 a.m. and May 31 11:59 p.m. Raffle winners will be informed via online mail on June 9, the day before access to general ticket reservations opens. They will have the opportunity to purchase six tickets. Well, those who plan to go to the museum in August need to leave their raffle entries between June 25 and June 30. Winners will be notified on July 9.

According to materials of Internet publications.

Hayao Miyazaki has a lot to do with the social media frenzy in Japan, and one of his closest associates claims that the author of the legendary anime is not even aware of it.

On the evening of January 15, the eyes of all Japan will be riveted to the TV screens, because they have the opportunity to watch the first anime film “Heavenly Castle Laputa,” produced by Studio Ghibli. The thirty-year-old picture will make this Friday one of the most interesting TV days in the country. “Laputa” is a true animated classic on the one hand, and on the other, a whole army of its fans are active on social media.

During the famous scene from the movie, when the main characters Sita and Pazu repeat in unison the word “barusu”, which is an ancient destructive spell, millions of fans all over Japan send messages with the text “barusu” on social networks to everyone they know.

During the release of this anime movie in 2011, the record number of messages was set at 25088 per second! In 2013, the movie was aired again. Then the number of messages per second during the famous “barusu” scene was 143199! Heaven’s Castle Laputa will be broadcast on Nippon TV.

Toshio Suzuki, the producer of this film, was asked about the “barusu” phenomenon. “I can’t tell you why this word has such an effect. I haven’t sent any messages on social media myself, but I’ve seen others do it. I have to admit, it’s an amazing and fascinating effect,” he said. According to Toshio Suzuki, while hundreds of Internet publications and the usual media are discussing the number of alleged tweets at the close viewing of the film, there is one person who is not even aware of the explosive effect that “The Celestial Castle Laputa” produces. He said: ” I think there’s only one person in the world who doesn’t know about it…and that person is Hayao Miyazaki! “. “Neither I nor his associates and colleagues told him about it just because there was no proper reason.”

Given that Miyazaki has a rather definite opinion on various Internet crazes, perhaps this is correct. When asked what he thought a young viewer watching Laputa’s Celestial Castle for the first time might learn, he thoughtfully replied, “Of course, this film is intended for an older audience, but a child watching it should understand that in our real world, sometimes quite unreal things happen.

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If you don’t live in Japan but want to watch this animated film and see the famous “barusu” scene, or maybe be part of the explosive “barusu” effect, you can download the film or watch it on the corresponding TV channel.

According to materials of Internet publications.

Australian film director George Miller, known worldwide for the “Mad Max” trilogy, came to Japan to promote his fourth work, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The press conference wasn’t just about the new movie. Miller managed to visit the Ghibli Museum during his trip to Tokyo. The famous screenwriter took out of his pocket a ticket and made an unexpected confession: “For me, Hayao Miyazaki – God. He’s a great artist. In his work I felt the sincerity and warmth.

According to materials of Internet publications.

At the Ghibli Museum, a new exhibition, “Welcome to the Ghost Tower,” has been on view since May 30. At the presentation held the day before, the director of the museum Nakajima told the journalists about the main idea of the exhibition and what is waiting for the visitors already this weekend.

There is a huge clock tower in the center of the hall. In appearance it resembles the ones that were built in the Middle Ages in Europe, but with significant differences. First, there is only one hand. Secondly, on the dial are not Arabic characters, but hieroglyphs, arranged in a circle. On the inner one, indicating the time from 1 to 12, on the outer one – the signs of Chinese chronology. The tower is 12 and a half meters high, and at the base you can see the entrance and the spiral staircase inside. Connoisseurs of the works of writer Rampo Edogawa will probably recognize this exhibit as the clock tower from the children’s detective novel The Ghost Tower. English writer Alice Williamson’s work, The Woman in Gray, was translated into Japanese in the late 19th century and became a bestseller after Rampo’s adaptation.

The director of the Ghibli Museum explained that the idea for the exhibition came from Hayao Miyazaki. At the age of 14, the future director was reading the work of Edogawa Rampo. The world of the detective writer’s labyrinths, according to the artist, later influenced his anime film “Cagliostro Castle”.

The exhibition is conventionally divided into two parts. The first is an exhibition of sketches, 19 of which were specially created by Miyazaki. The second – a maze. However, it can only be passed by preschoolers. The Ghibli Museum staff have come up with convoluted passages especially for the youngest visitors. The exhibition will be held from May 30 till the end of the spring of the next year. Recall, that in the museum Ghibli there is a system of presale tickets with the indication of the date and time of the visit. You can buy tickets starting on the 10th for the following month at Lawson’s convenience stores. The exceptions are July and August. During those months, ticket sales are based on a lottery. Read more about it in the News section.

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